When it comes to pharmaceuticals, I just say “no” to drugs. Most of the medicine to be found in my flat, is in my fridge in the form of vegetables, thank you very much.
Aside from the occasional Panadol, however, there is only one condition that I find so supremely irritating, so monumentally bothersome, that my typically fervent resistance to using OTC or prescription drugs buckles under the pressure.
Hello summer… hello hay fever! I get it bad. Itchy eyes? Runny nose? Sneezing? Fuzzy thinking? Post-nasal drip? Where do I tick “all of the above”? How often have I asked anyone in ear shot, waving my fist in the air, “Honestly, how can I be allergic to June??”
Short of jabs, last year I hit the apex of the OTC antihistamine pyramid – the dreaded nasal spray. Yeah, I was routinely air-pumping antihistamines, that gourmet choice of drugs linked with all types of cancer tumours, like a geyser up my nasal passages to be no doubt innocently absorbed by nearly every tissue in my body, including my brain.
This year, however, I decided that enough is enough. So, I’m arming myself with a natural cocktail of herbs, vitamins, oils and super foods, all containing antihistamine properties. Today’s visit to Neal’s Yard Remedies included:
- Juniper, Eucalyptus and Cypress essential oils (to use in my aromatherapy burner and the occasional steam bowl)
- Bee pollen (who knew that the stuff I thought caused all my issues actually builds up your natural immunity when taken orally?)
- Organic Summer Tea – a blend of Eyebright and Nettle, Elderflower and Peppermint
- Quercetin B5 Complex – indicated in almost all inflammatory and allergic conditions
And to that lot, I’ll be
- triple dosing of Vitamin C (yep, even more than my usual 1500 grams/day – you literally can never get enough C)
- double-dosing on Echinacea forte, now 1520 grams per day for general immunity support (who knows if this will work, but it’s worth a go, and certainly can’t hurt)
So here goes, me against June. Wish me luck!